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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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Masons grabs Dibb Lupton Manchester's IT expert

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Manchester IT solicitor Andrew Smith has been poached by Masons in Manchester along with his assistant Peter Budd. Smith, who was approached by headhunters for the job, was due to be made a partner at Dibbs next month and will become Masons seventh Manchester partner. He started his legal career in London […]

In brief: Takeover takes Stonehams into new field

The largest commercial law firm in Croydon – six-partner Stonehams – has taken over three-partner Croydon firm Peard Webster Pringle & John, which specialises in insolvency, personal injury and family law. Stonehams managing partner Russell Bell said: “The insolvency and personal injury work supplements the work we already do, and the family work will be […]

Abolish duty solicitor committees, says Edwards

LEADING criminal solicitor Tony Edwards has joined calls for a radical reform of the duty solicitor scheme following complaints from some practitioners that local committees are operating cartels across the country. According to Edwards, who sits on the Law Society’s criminal law committee and is senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, local duty solicitor […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/04/97

Robert Edward James Wilson, 40, admitted 1984, practised as Robert Wilson, Thetford, Norfolk. Wilson voluntarily removed his name from Roll in September 1996. Tribunal banned him from having his name restored to Roll without order of tribunal, and ordered to pay £1,037 costs. Allegations substantiated he withdrew client money and used client funds for purposes […]

Advocates' Immunity. The immunity system

It might be ridiculous to sue your school because you failed your A-levels, or your local hamburger store for not warning you that the coffee was hot, and some might rightly argue that plaintiffs and their lawyers have now reached limits of what is actionable. But there is one group of professionals, who until recently […]

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